It’s Sunday, muddy sunday at Fontwell

Action from Fontwell's opening race ... before the mud took over / Picture by Clive Bennett
Action from Fontwell's opening race ... before the mud took over / Picture by Clive Bennett

It was a muddy and wet day for Fontwell’s latest Sunday-afternoon card of jump racing – but that did not stop die-hard National Hunt fans witness six absorbing races.

Fontwell’s leading trainer Neil Mulholland kicked off the day in style as 5/6 favourite Solighoster, ridden by Noel Fehily, won the Call Star Sports On 08000 521321 “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle – as tipped on the Observer website.

The victory was Mulholland’s tenth in 31 attempts at Fontwell this season – an impressive strike rate of 32 per cent.

Not only was there victory for the course’s leading trainer, there was one for Fontwell’s leading jockey as well.

Jamie Moore’s win on 6/4 shot Not Another Muddle for trainer dad Gary in the Novices’ Hurdle saw him extend his lead over Tom Cannons and Richard Johnson to three. Moore has had nine 2016-17 Fontwell winners.

An early contender for ride of the year goes to Cannon in the last, the Handicap Hurdle. He came from last place to win on the Chris Gordon-trained 8/1 contender Letemgo, an impressive victory for owners Gilbert & Gamble, who are regulars at Fontwell.

Elsewhere on the card Mr Fitzroy was the biggest-priced winner of the day with a 20/1 success in the Call Star Sports Spreads On 08082349709 Handicap Hurdle, a qualifier for the new Challenger Series’ two-mile final, ridden by Jeremiah McGrath for Jo Davis.

Brendan Powell rode Slidecheck home at 8/1 for trainer Alexandra Dunn in the Star Sports The Gentleman’s Bookmaker Handicap Chase and the Kerry Lee-trained Mr Bachster was back for another Fontwell success as Richard Patrick claimed the Chancellor Of The Formchecker Handicap Chase at 5/1.

Fontwell’s February fun sees them host a Tuesday-afternoon card on Valentine’s Day and the National Spirit Hurdle raceday, featuring the track’s richest race of the year, on Sunday, February 26.


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